Samuel grew up in Zermatt (Switzerland), where kids at the age of five normally go to the Alpine Ski team. But Samuel liked the snow at the side of the slopes. Known in the Alpine scene for daring ascents around the globe, he combines mountaineering with Freeriding. At only 19 years old he skied some of the most difficult lines on the surrounding 4000 meter peaks of Zermatt. His confidence and style on steep North Faces continues to astonish people.
In 2010 Samuel earned his certification as an approved Mountain Guide. That same winter he shifted his focus from climbing Big Walls in the Himalayas to Freeride competitions. Earning some points in the qualifiers events gave him a wildcard for the Swatch Freeride World Tour 2011.
Samuel showed up the first year on the Tour and finished in second place on the overall ranking. In the same season he rode together with Proteam fellow Xavier de le Rue to capture some shots for the Swatch Timeline film production and revealed his real speciality, Big Mountain Skiing.
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